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Peter Marquis-Kyle

Peter Marquis Kyle

Peter Marquis-Kyle grew up in Brisbane, studied architecture at the University of Queensland, and graduated in 1975. Since 1978 he has specialised in conserving historic buildings and places. He was a partner in a specialist conservation architecture practice, which he left in 1998 to establish a one-man practice based in Brisbane.

He has undertaken many conservation studies and projects on a wide range of building types, from slab huts to cathedrals, for private, corporate, community and government clients, with budgets ranging from almost nothing up to A$200 million. Since the ’70s he has seen conservation work become a mainstream undertaking, as heritage protection laws have been enacted in the various Australian jurisdictions and as professional standards have improved.

With Meredith Walker he was commissioned by Australia ICOMOS to write The illustrated Burra Charter, a book that demonstrates and explains good practice in conservation. The book was first published in 1992, and was expanded and largely re-written after a major overhaul of the Burra Charter in 1999. The current version, The illustrated Burra Charter: Good Practice for Heritage Places, published in 2004, has received positive reviews and various awards.

Peter serves as a member of the Queensland Heritage Council and of the Brisbane City Council Heritage Advisory Committee. He has been active in Australia ICOMOS and other professional and community-based conservation organisations. He has particular interests in the care of timber structures, and in interpreting the cultural significance of places to a non-professional audience.

During 2006-2007 Peter inspected, surveyed and reported on the condition and maintenance requirements of 58 heritage listed lighthouses operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. This project awoke a new interest in the historical development of navigation aids in the Australian colonies.

Paper: Queenslands's timber and iron Lighthouses: 19th Century Colonial Innovation.

Abstract: The geography, resources and economic circumstances of the colony of Queensland fostered the local design and construction of two related types of composite timber-framed, iron-clad lighthouse towers in Queensland from the 1870s – an early type clad with riveted wrought iron plating, and a later type clad with corrugated galvanised iron. This paper gives a short historical account of their design and construction, outlines the range of towers and how they have been changed. The paper concludes with an assessment of the success and influence of the type, and a table of major 19th century lighthouses.

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Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
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Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
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